100 years ago, 1914
The following report has been submitted by W.H. Ward, overseer of the poor of Lewiston. Mr. Ward states in his report that this has been an unusually hard winter. It having been colder than in previous years and the fuel bills have consequently been much larger. The new school law where-by child labor is being made more felt has also made a material difference in the treasury of the poor department as families are not receiving so much support from the children.

50 years ago, 1964
A petition will be entered this morning in U.S. District Court at Portland requesting that the Dane-T-Bits Biscuit Co. be permitted to continue its operation in Auburn. The filing of the petition follows closely on the heels of the action yesterday in which the firm entered a petition in U.S. Federal District Court asking an arrangement be made with the firm’s creditors. Irving Rodman, president of the company, said last night that the firm is seeking to have funds released “which have been tied up.” Rodman indicated that he had high hopes the firm would be able to resume its cookie production in the Auburn plant. Rodman repeated last night that while the bakery has not yet re-opened, the firm’s sales force is still in operation. The Dane-T-Bits company opened its bakery in Auburn in January 1963. At the peak of its operation it employed 100 persons in the manufacturing operation on two shifts. When it closed down last week it had 50 employees.

25 years ago, 1989
The Auburn Planning Board will act this week on final plans for a 17-unit condominium development on the shore of Taylor Pond. The board is scheduled to hear public input on the final subdivision plan of The Villas at Taylor Pond, a condo project proposed last year by developer Willie Cameron. That project, which would be located between Taylor Pond and Hotel Road, was the focal point for a debate last summer between Cameron, city officials and a local homeowners’ group about increased development along the water. The Taylor Pond Association last year opposed the development, saying the project would harm the pond’s water quality by adding additional amounts of phosphorus, natural chemical which acts as a fertilizer in water, eventually leading to the death of the pond.


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